My 2013 Season, a Running Report

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby McManusClan5 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:59 am

woodduck14 wrote:Heck of a day joser. That is def a stud teal. I'm glad it happens to other people too as soon as you stand up to change the spread a flock flies over.


Happened to me twice yesterday. We were beating around in the buckbrush looking for a downed bird when a flock of a dozen geese comes to take a look. Froze and got on the call and landed them in an opening about 50 yds out. Snuck back on shore (didn't have our guns as it was a bit deep and needed both hands to climb around), grabbed the gun and THEN they flew off - just out of range.

While we were sneaking back for the guns, of course a pair of ducks also decided to land just beyond the geese.

Bummer not to get them, but was awesome to watch and a blast calling to them. I love when you turn one and the rest of the flock hesistates… thinks… then follows them right in. Now, much better if they follow them in while you have a gun in hand. :rolleyes:

Anyway, that is one heckuva hunt joser! :thumbsup:
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Professor_Leakey » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:22 am

absolutely fantastic, joser. you da man!! :thumbsup:

it amazes me how without fail, birds always fly by when im out in the decoys. when i left my spot yesterday, i hadnt seen a thing fly in over an hour. as i was picking up the decoys to leave, here comes a flock of 25+ geese and me sitting in my canoe.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:44 pm

So I figured this bitter cold would bring some fresh ducks in. Well I don't think so, if it did, not many. I went back to the spot I got last weeks limit out of with less than high hopes. I scouted it out two days ago and it was a desert. Two days ago went out for a solid skunk so it turned into a scouting day. I arrived this morning and set up in the freezing temps and waited for first light. First light came and went with not a single critter with feathers flying by... I figured as much. 45 min into the legal hunt, two drake mallards fly by and I turn them with 2 quacks and a greeting. They come on over and bang, 2 ducks on the water. I went over to retrieve them and I grab the first one and do the band check, nothing like usual. The grab the next duck and do the usual check and I double take.Jewelry on the second drake mallard!!! I yell to myself because I am pumped!! I let the decoys float for another 45 min and pack it up early to make the low tide. I jet over to the marsh a bit later than I would have liked but upon walking out into the marsh I was already seeing black ducks zooming around. I make it to my first creek and put up a single. Perfect easy shot flying straight away from me. One shot one kill. That shot put up a ton of blacks and there were actually some blacks halfway between me and where that bird jumped from maybe twenty feet ahead of me. I kept walking the marsh just in case there were some oddball around or some teal but all I kept seeing where blacks. I probably had two dozen birds that were easy shots jumped from the creek and there were maybe 8 birds that I got close enough to water swat them if I wanted. Very good marsh conditions and more blacks than I could care to see. Probably saw over 200 blacks today just no variety... The black duck I shot had dark red legs also, maybe a migrant bird?

The drake mallard was banded in Newfields, NH on 9/9/13 and was hatched this year.

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby MIKE J. » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:30 pm

Nice Job Joser! Congrats on the Granite State Bling :thumbsup:
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:30 am

Another solo hunt this morning. Very wet. I struck out at my first spot and blew the only chances I had at taking a bird there. That was very frustrating but it is what it is. I decided to hit the marsh to see if I could at lest score a black duck. All the salt pannes that were frozen were thawed and every single duck was hanging out on the pannes and not in the creeks so that was a pretty lame hunt. I only add a pair blacks jump up with in shotgun range but the were far enough off that I didn't shoot because to take one of those birds would have killed the other. The one bird limit on black ducks is tough sometimes.... So after I struck out there I tried one last spot for redemption and I managed to find a mix flock of blacks and mallards. I could only jumpshoot them and I did my very best to get close enough. I managed to get just close enough and put down a great looking drake mallard and stopped shooting because I knew I didn't hit him well enough to kill him stone cold. I am happy to get that one bird. I had to work very hard for it.

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Professor_Leakey » Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:57 pm

joser, congrats again. youre really having a great season! the recipe thread here needs a bump...how about adding the recipe from your whole roaster? it looked delicious! :beer:
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby JTR » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:16 pm

I'm probably going to quit reading this thread, simply because I get too jealous reading it while I'm tucked away in a cubicle.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:26 pm

JTR wrote:I'm probably going to quit reading this thread, simply because I get too jealous reading it while I'm tucked away in a cubicle.



Hahaha don't get too jealous. I tried hunting inland today and went to three different spots of mine including two small rivers. Over 1/4" of ice at every spot. Never even saw a duck. I got locked out of all of my best spots... Going to be slowing down for me big time.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Boats84 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:32 am

I had same problem with two of my spots hosting Bruins practice. So an hour and a half into season, I hit a tidal river. Of course all the ducks were tucked tight to the bank right at the houses where I walk in. Needless to say all forty jumped and went to the snooty side of the river. So I trekked out to sit for a bit anyways and sat down in my usual spot. The only thing that came in range was a guy on a stand up paddle board!! Now remember the reason I'm there is bc of the 2" of ice from the cold temps. I have every piece of cold wx gear on including hand warmers stuffed in places that the sun doesn't shine and this guy is out paddle boarding.... I wonder if those boards come in Max 4 and have a shot gun rack option?
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:46 pm

So with all of my inland spots frozen up I had to make it over to the coast for a shot at a duck. I hit one of my favorite marshes at low tide for a jumpshoot. The first and only duck I shot at was a stud black duck that I knocked a few feathers off of and the second shot I knew I winged it by way it cartwheeled to the ground. I ran over to the area it landed as fast as I could and began the search . I must have circled that area 20 times looking for that duck but it was tough with 10 inch marsh grass. All I found was a down feather. I gave up and continued along the creek and after 3 steps I saw a wing flap 30 feet in front of me and ran that duck down. I will say that duck must have gone to the Patriots camp with the way it was juking me but I eventually caught up with it. I walked that entire marsh but except for some geese that where way off, every duck was black duck and I had some excellent shots if they were a different species but nothing different presented itself. The coolest thing that happened is that I was stepping across a tiny creek and a black duck was trapped underneath me. It struggled to get away so it could spread its wings and fly away. That creek must have been 18 inches wide.

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:43 am

Got out for a marsh hunt yesterday, been very busy with work. I got my black duck very quick. A good looking drake. I had time to kill so I wanted to finish the marsh off. I had some great sneaks on black ducks but was already limited out. I had a odd duck fly past me and land in a section of the creek I was heading to so I sneaked up and a drake black comes flying up. Not the bird I saw fly in. I lowered my gun and right underneath me a hen golden eye flew up. The first shot knocked some feathers off and the second shot was a miss. The bird flew off up the creek. I blew it. I kept working up the creek and I found her again diving in the creek but she played a hard game of cat and mouse and won. At one point she was 5 feet away but she was coming up and going down faster than I could put the bead on her. On the way back to my car I walked the entire creek the long way just to see if I could find her again but she was gone. The black was still a nice bird and this one was interesting because I found one old steel pellet lodged in the tenderloin against the breast bone. I couldn't find any other scar tissue from where it was shot but it was definitely old as the body had encased it in tissue. Also this black had a green but and some green on its head so it had some mallard in it.

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby cape-shot » Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:06 pm

good looking black duck joser! I found a single BB shot between the skin and breast meat of a goose last year. It had the same tissue surrounding the BB.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Professor_Leakey » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:25 pm

one of my spring turkeys had a .22 round lodged in its leg that i discovered while using it as crab bait over the summer. encased in tissue like you described.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:58 pm

Been a while since I have made a post here but have gone out on a few hunts. I got a black on most hunts and got my first hooded merganser out of a flock of three. I probably could have shot all three but didn't see the need to kill all three. I went out today and had a good time. I shot my first bufflehead. I was walking a deep tidal river and saw three ripples in the water I hunkered down and waited for them to come up. A pair came up to my left and a single hen came up in front of me. Once I figured out what they were I raised the gun as the hen flew right to left and I took her. Now I wasn't familiar with how deep this river was so i tried wading out to it but it was too deep so I had to walk the bank until it came up to a mud bar and walk out and get her. I saw some mergansers and another diver that was too far out to id and plenty of black ducks. I was walking the river and came to an inlet of a creek and saw ripples in the water raised my gun and a flock of about 12 birds jumps up with the lead bird being a drake mallard and the rest blacks. First shot took the drake and second shot dropped a hen black. I packed it up right then and called it a successful hunt. That is the first mallard I have shot in the salt marsh. About time. Now for some pictures.

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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby woodduck14 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:35 am

Way to go Joser! Congrats on the first butterball and hooded merg. They are pretty cool birds...
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Zone11-Dh » Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:23 pm

Nice birds! I'm still trying to get a good hoodie to mount. I have taking a couple but I'm still waiting for the right one to dish out the cash for a mount. Nice job.
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Re: My 2013 Season, a Running Report

Postby Joser06 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:55 pm

I made it out again to the marsh and had a very good day that started out not so well. I managed to sneak right up on a group of black duck and when the first bird flushed, I whiffed the first shot and my gun double fed.... The other 4 birds got up and got out of there.I walked a whole river and just couldn't get a close enough to get my black duck. Always a matter of about 10 feet. I managed to get up of a pair of bufflehead that flew the wrong way and managed to grab a hen. On the way back to the car, I found an open creek that I haven't seen before and put up some black duck just out of range before coming across a mallard pair. I shot the drake and the hen was just out of range when I drew on her. I kept walking down the river toward my ca when I get off a shot on a hen hooded merganser. Trying to retrieve her I walked off a mud clump in over the waders and now soaked, had to walk a long distance around to the other side. So now, very wet, I start walking fast up the river to where it was able to be crossed and I put up a black duck well within range and I finally get my black duck. This black duck was a monster though and was absolutely the largest one I have ever killed. Upon getting home I had to take a quick shower and run to work. Once I was able to clean the birds, I opened up the black duck and found it was laced with rice breast. This is the second bird I have ever shot with rice breast and the also the second this year.

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